But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 14:10

Using Social Media as a Legitimate Ministry

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When it comes to digital, most churches are doing it wrong. We post our events and blast what we are doing inside our four walls to the world. We talk about Jesus, but we focus on our events. We invite those looking for a church, but we don’t speak to the lost or to those who are hurting. In...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 14:05

When Bible Study Goes Wrong

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The Pharisees were experts in the word of God. In light of their diligent study, they were sure they knew what God expected of them. They were thought to be the most principled in their serious-minded adherence to God’s word. They were particularly scrupulous in observing food laws...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:10

Do You Have A Camel In Your Throat?

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Let me give you a scenario. Imagine that you’re a father who is concerned for your children’s safety. “You are not allowed to cross the street in front of our house,” you tell them.

So far, so good. But now imagine that while you’re away from home, your children see the...

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If a Christian desires to enter the vocational ministry in some form or fashion, he or she will have the option to pursue theological education. Theological education, or seminary, is a place where Christians come to be equipped for ministry in an academic setting. The purpose of theological...

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This past October, we marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. That is, the anniversary of the period in which there was a dramatic recovery of the principles of the Christian faith. The Reformation has long been marked by what have been called “The Five...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 14:10

Looking Comes First

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In The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis presents a fictional account of a man in Hell boarding a bus toward Heaven. Anyone who wishes to cross over from Hell to Heaven can do so, but it’s not easy, for those in Hell have grown used to their state. Throughout the book, the man encounters a...

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 14:15

Why Every Christian Must be a Theologian

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Every Christian must be a theologian. In a variety of ways, I used to tell this to my church often. And the looks I got from some surprised souls are the evidence that I had not yet adequately communicated that the purposeful theological study of God by lay people is important.

Many times the...

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 14:10

The Battle Against Sin and Self

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Take a moment to think of that one sin—you know, the one that just keeps creeping up and bearing its ugly head. Is it laziness? Gossip? Porn? Greed? Whatever it may be, what steps are you taking to kill it? By God’s grace, He doesn’t allow His children to live in sin (1 John 3:6)....

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 14:05

Links For The Church (2/19)

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How to Teach Boys to Respect Women

Russell Moore is the father of five boys. Because of this, he has experience teaching his boys to respect women. He shares this wisdom and some biblical insights in this post. 

Gather Your Seashells While Ye May

The famous John Piper sermon on gathering...

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Saturday, 17 February 2018 14:15

When You've Sinned

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"Father, I have sinned."-- Luke 15:18

It is quite certain that those whom Christ has washed in his precious blood need not make a confession of sin, as culprits or criminals, before God the Judge, for Christ has forever taken away all their sins in a legal sense, so that they no longer stand where...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 14:10

Resurrection in Genesis 31

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Genesis 31 contains the narrative that describes Jacob’s exodus, or departure, from Laban after working for him for 20 years. If you are familiar with the story, you will know that Laban didn’t treat Jacob with the most integrity. Laban famously tricked Jacob into marrying Leah,...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 14:05

Do You Search For Wisdom?

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True wisdom is the shaping of the mind according to God’s truth. Wisdom is more than facts and head knowledge. It is not merely abstract. To be wise is to have the right wisdom applied to life. In reality, the “wisdom” one holds will inevitably spill into how one lives.

If you...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:15

Praying For Our Children

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Parenting children is hard work.

There are so many times I’m at a loss when it comes to leading my family. Should I discipline in this situation or let it slide? Am I being unreasonable with my requirements? How can I speak truth in such a way as to penetrate their hearts? What’s the...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:10

God's Answer to a Ridiculous Question

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I once had a teenager ask me the old question, “Can God make a rock so big He can’t lift it?” Of course, the teen asking the question was seeking to appear intelligent and was also seeking to prove that God has limitations.

God does have limitations – He can’t lie and...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:05

Being a Young Pastor is Hard

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Church planting, church pastoring - these things are hard.

Nobody reading this blog finds this surprising. It surely came as no surprise to me, mainly because I spent the last few years swimming in church planting resources and literature. And in every book I read on church planting, there was...

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I was recently looking back at some of my journals, and to be honest, there were times in my journey I have struggled to know if God called me to pastoral ministry.

Every follower of Jesus is called to be a minister. Not one disciple of Jesus is exempt from the task of disciple-making. However,...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 14:05

What's the True Source of Powerful Evangelism?

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In order to be effective in evangelism, we often believe we must be a world class apologist who can answer every question thrown at us, an extrovert who can talk to anyone, and a bold witness who isn't afraid of persecution or death. While we may think that, the average Christian doesn't possess...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 14:00

5 Basics of Biblical Interpretation

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“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” (Luke 24:27)

The word “interpreted” in Luke 24:27 comes from the Greek word διερμηνεύω(transl...

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Monday, 12 February 2018 14:15

When Should a Pastor Address a Current Event?

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In May of 2012, for the very first time, a sitting American President publicly and favorably addressed same-sex marriage. I didn’t mention this historic event in church the very next Sunday, or any Sunday for that matter.

A year or two after that  particular event, I was at a roundtable...

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Monday, 12 February 2018 14:10

White as Snow, Though My Sins Were as Scarlet!

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Have you ever looked at a blanket of freshly fallen snow and thought to yourself: "That looks good enough to eat"? Ask any kid, and they will tell you that it is. Ask any Vermonter, and they will give you a recipe. The ingredients are simple: freshly fallen snow and pure Vermont maple syrup....

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 14:15

The Danger of Gossip

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The Lord loves a straight shooter. How do I know this? Because this is the embodiment of the wisdom imparted in Proverbs, including this helpful little gem: “Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you” (4:24).

Crooked speech is talk that isn’t straight. It...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 14:05

Pastor, Take Courage in the Historical Jesus!

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Merry Christmas from Archaeology and National Geographic

This year a major media publication has given a Christmas gift to those who recognize the historical veracity of New Testament Gospels. And this is a twist. At a time of year when those who accept the ancient message of Jesus’ birth must...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 14:00

Links For The Church (2/12)

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What Christians Should Know About Embryo Adoption

Aaron Wilson writes this helpful post on what embryo adoption is, and how Christians should understand it.

The Gratitude Inoculation

We can learn a lot about gratitude through the book of Deuteronomy. Tony Woodlief shares what he learned through his...

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Saturday, 10 February 2018 14:15

Returning to Your First Love

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"Thou hast left thy first love."-- Revelation 2:4

Ever to be remembered is that best and brightest of hours, when first we saw the Lord, lost our burden, received the roll of promise, rejoiced in full salvation, and went on our way in peace. It was spring time in the soul; the winter was past; the...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 22:00

Doing the Work of the Lord

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Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work o fthe Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58

1 Corinthians is the most comprehensive doctrinal statement on resurrection from the dead in the New Testament. But there...

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